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World War II Posters

Identifier: MS-0238

Scope and Contents

Ruby Wilder Shile, Assistant Reference Librarian, gathered and preserved these pictorial materials from World War II at the University of Nebraska during the War. The posters are grouped alphabetically by country and issuing body, when known. In some cases, it was necessary to group them by subject, but for most posters there is no separate subject access. It should be stated that additional posters on the subjects listed and on other subjects will be found among those filed under issuing bodies (such as the U.S. Office of War Information, or Wickwire Spencer Steel Company). We were not able to create an index to the subjects, which would have been desirable. The collection consists of nearly two thousand posters, intended for public display during the war. Although the majority of posters included here were produced by United States government agencies, or by foreign and domestic non-governmental groups. Some issuing bodies are represented by only one poster, others by dozens. In several cases there are numbers of duplicates. In addition to the numerous wall posters (which vary in size) there are four large narrative flipcharts, numbers of “bumper-sticker” size labels, and several cardboard placards. Some are in color, some in black and white. Both pictorial and graphic representations are included. In this brief listing it was not possible to describe each poster, nor identify the artists, many of whom signed their work. Issuing countries include Canada, China, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, Greece, India, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, United States, and Yugoslavia.


  • 1939-1945



48.00 Folders

Created by D. Stanley Tyner Other

8.00 Folders

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States